Sometimes things are clear. Sometimes things are not. Sometimes we think things will work out one way and they do, sometimes they go in an entirely different direction. We can not truly see beyond the horizon of the moment in front of us. Like many of you, throughout my life, I experience anxiety over the future, despite my prayer that I might know the mind of Christ who does "not worry about tomorrow" (Matthew 6:34).
In our series Following Paul, we have been focusing on the stories of Paul at different places - different destinations - where he ministered. The truth is that if we followed Paul in reality, we would have spent much of our time "on the way" with Paul. Here, for example, is a passage in the book of Acts which describes his journey (emphasis added):
6 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia,having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. 8 So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. 9 During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
In this short passage Paul and his companions make plans twice, only to have God prevent them. Sound familiar? We all know that frustration. We don't know exactly how they knew God was leading them elsewhere. Did they have a dream? Did they simply conclude from events that God did not want them to go? Did they feel the answer came in prayer? We don't know. What we do know, however, is that they remained obedient to the urging of God until the direction was clear.
If you find yourself questioning where you are going, remember this example of Paul. We often zig and zag in life, we go through difficult periods in life. All we can do - in good times and bad - is stay obedient to God through prayer and listening for God's direction. Be ready to turn around, ready to charge ahead and trust God.
This week at Lakeside
Bring "football food" to Wednesday. Kindle kids and youth will be meeting. The adult class is back on our Disciple curriculum, which is an in depth sweep of the entire Bible. Even if you have never come before, it is a great class and you are welcome and encourage to come. The whole thing kicks off between 6:15 and 6:30.
On the 12th we will begin a three week class during the Sunday School hour that will teach the basics of Bible to our Tweens (3rd - 5th grade). This is replacing the Bible worship we used to do just for third graders. If your child has already received a Bible, this will refresh them on using the Bible and we hope they will go through it as well.
Our lent series this year is called Creed. We are going to focus on the basic beliefs of Christians. During that time we will be offering Confirmation for our youth from 6th grade up who have not been confirmed. On Easter Sunday we will confirm and baptize our youth. It is going to be awesome!
Sunday Night Lent Class
I am going to be teaching a Sunday Evening class on "Creed" for those would like an easy way to connect with people and go deeper with their faith. We will have an online form below.
Need to take your significant other out for Valentine’s Day, but can’t do it in the middle of the week? On Saturday, February 11th, from 6:00pm-9:00pm, the youth will host a baby-sitting night. The cost is $25 dollars for the first child, and $5 for each extra child. Snacks will be provided. There is no potty training requirement.
February 7th is our family bowling night at Max Bowl in Humble from 6-8pm. You MUST pre-pay and RSVP by February 5th to attend due to the amount of lanes reserved. The cost is $2/shoes per person and $2/game per person. Please visit the table in the narthex to pay and sign up! For any additional questions, contact Sara Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are going to Mid-Winter Retreat at Lakeview Methodist Retreat Center February 17th-19th in Palestine, TX. If you are in grades 6 through 12 and you would like to attend please contact Brian at email@example.com for more information.